March 1990 in History

Events in History

  • Mar 1 Benin nullifies its constitution
  • Mar 1 Luis Alberto Lacelle sworn in as president of Uruguay
  • Mar 1 Steve Jackson Games is raided by the United States Secret Service, prompting the later formation of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
  • Mar 2 Greyhound Bus goes on strike
  • Mar 4 US 65th manned space mission STS 36 (Atlantis 6) returns from space
  • Mar 6 SR-71 sets a transcontinental record, flying 2,404 miles in 1:08:17
  • Mar 7 3 passengers killed & 162 injured as subway train derails (Philadelphia)
  • Mar 7 H Wayne Huizenga buys ½ of Joe Robbie Stadium and 15% of Dolphins for $30m
  • Mar 8 NYC's Zodiac killer shoots 1st victim, Mario Orosco
  • Mar 9 Dr Antonia Novello sworn-in as 1st hispanic/female US surgeon general
  • Mar 10 Ice Pairs Championship at Halifax won by Gordeeva & Grinkov (URS)
  • Mar 10 Ladies Figure Skating Champions in Halifax won by Jill Trenary (USA)
  • Mar 10 Lt Gen Avril resigns as president of Haiti
  • Mar 10 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Halifax won by Kurt Browning (CAN)
  • Mar 10 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 11 Lithuania declares its Independence
  • Mar 12 LA Raiders announce they were returning to Oakland
  • Mar 13 Nicholoas Braithwaite elected premier of Grenada
  • Mar 14 Mikhail S Gorbachev becomes president of the Soviet Congress
  • Mar 15 Fernando Collor de Mello sworn in as President of Brazil
  • Mar 17 PBA National Championship Won by Jim Pencak
  • Mar 18 Largest art robbery in US history: 13 works of art worth over $500 million are stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston
  • Mar 18 1st free elections in East Germany, Conservatives beat Communists
  • Mar 18 A Tampa little leaguer dies after being struck by a pitch
  • Mar 21 Namibia becomes independent of South Africa, Sam Nujoma becomes president
  • Mar 22 Anchorage jury finds Capt Hazelwood not guilty of Valdez oil spill
  • Mar 22 The ML umpires announce that they will boycott exhibition games
  • Mar 23 Former Exxon Valdez Captain Joseph Hazelwood ordered to help clean up Prince William Sound & pay $50,000 in restitution for 1989 oil spill
  • Mar 24 Indian troops leave Sri Lanka
  • Mar 25 Fire in illegal NYC social club, kills 87
  • Mar 27 Bus accidentally touches high voltage wire in Karagpur India; 21 die
  • Mar 27 The United States begins broadcasting TV Martí to Cuba in an effort to bridge the information blackout imposed by the Castro regime.

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Mar 28 US President George H. W. Bush awards Jesse Owen the Congressional Gold Medal

41st US President George H. W. Bush
41st US President
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  • Mar 31 Dionisio Castro cycles world record 20km (57:18.4)
  • Mar 31 Riots began in London over the new poll tax laws

Birthdays in History

  • Mar 7 Abigail and Brittany Hensel, American conjoined twins
  • Mar 22 Eugenie, Princess of Britain
  • Mar 23 Eugenie OF, Princess of York/daughter of prince Andrew/Sarah Ferguson
  • Mar 27 Scott Selwood, Australian rules footballer

Deaths in History

  • Mar 1 Claude Spaak, Belgian dramatist, dies
  • Mar 3 Frans Goedhart, Dutch journalist/founder (Parool), dies at 86
  • Mar 3 Gérard Blitz, Belgian waterpoloist and entrepreneur (b. 1912)
  • Mar 5 Gloria Carter Spann, US President Jimmy Carter's sister, dies of cancer at 63
  • Mar 10 Michael Stewart, UK Sect of State (1965-66, 68-70), dies
  • Mar 12 Wallace Breem, British author (b. 1926)
  • Mar 13 Bruno Bettelhelm, Austrian/US psychoanalyst, commits suicide at 86
  • Mar 13 Bruno Bettelheim, American psychiatrist (b. 1903)
  • Mar 15 Farzad Bazoft, Iranian-born journalist (hanged) (b. 1958)
  • Mar 20 Jannetje Visser-Roosendaal, Dutch writer, dies at 90
  • Mar 22 Gerald Bull, Canadian engineer (b. 1928)
  • Mar 24 An Wang, computer manufacturer (Wang), dies at 70 of cancer
  • Mar 26 Roy "Halston" Frowick, fashion designer, dies of AIDs at 68
  • Mar 29 Germaine Montenesdro, 2nd victim of NYC's Zodiac killer, shot dead
  • Mar 31 Lillian "Miss" Miller, audience member (Merv Griffin, Tonight), dies